California Wine Fair 2011

Comments 93 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Arts Club Theatre Company is hosting their annual California Wine Fair at Canada Place on March 11, 2011 at 7:00pm.

Those in attendance will have the opportunity to sample fine wines from over 100 top producers including new vintage and varietals not currently available in Canada. A full list of participating wineries is available online.

Park Farm Winery, Iowa

When I attended a few years ago there was an abundance of quality silent auction items and this year is no exception. Bid on wine experiences, travel, and entertainment packages with proceeds benefitting the Arts Club. Tickets to the event are $65 or $55 if you book with a group of six people or more.

The California Wine Fair is part of a series of fundraising events presented by the Arts Club Theatre Company that includes the California Winery Dinner at Seasons in the Park (Queen Elizabeth Park) on Wednesday March 9th at 6:00 pm and Wine 101 on Wednesday March 16th at 7:00 pm at the Petley Jones Gallery (1554 West 6th Avenue).

Here’s how you can enter to win a pair of tickets to this event:

  • Leave a comment on this post listing wine tasting tip (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
  • I entered to win @TheArtsClub California Wine Fair tickets from @Miss604

    I will draw one winner next week at 12:00pm on March 9th, 2011. Must be 19 years of age or older to enter and win. Please enjoy responsibly and plan a safe trip home.

    Update The winner is Danielle Scott – have a great time!

    93 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

    1. Tracey FlattesWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 9:49am PST

      I’m more into drinking than tasting, but I believe that swirling the wine around in your mouth is the way to go!

    2. CliffWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 9:57am PST

      Aerate the wine well and smell it before tasting.

    3. BrendaWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 9:58am PST

      Don’t try and taste too many wines.

    4. EmmaWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 10:00am PST

      Examine with your sight and smell before you go for the taste.

    5. JoyceWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 10:01am PST

      Remember: it’s OK to spit out the wine at a tasting event. It could be a lot to drink if you were to try every kind of wine.

    6. CFWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 10:09am PST

      Try different price points of the same wine (eg. a cheap merlot, a mid-range merlot and an expensive merlot) to distinguish differences in quality!

      Looooooove wine. 🙂

    7. MarcWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 10:46am PST

      I always prefer to open my wine 1/2 hour before consuming it so that it’s properly oxidized 🙂

    8. KatieWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 10:50am PST

      Don’t have gum in your mouth 🙂

    9. TomWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 11:01am PST

      Pace yourself.

    10. SUSANWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 11:05am PST

      Love it, and I will love to win 2 tix. Thanks!

    11. jeffWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 11:07am PST

      I’ve just been introduced to the joys of wine and would love to win these tickets to expand my knowledge in this area.

    12. LindaWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 11:10am PST

      i like to whirl and whiff – aerate the wine in the glass and take a whiff of it before consuming

    13. Dennis DWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 11:16am PST

      That would be deliciously fun

    14. JulieWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 11:28am PST

      The best tip I like to drink by: Don’t be intimidated, there’s no right and wrong when it comes to wine tasting!

    15. RenfrewWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 11:46am PST

      Never been to one – would love to go and get some tips.

    16. SitaWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 11:56am PST

      mmmm i love wine!!

    17. Heather BWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 12:24pm PST

      it’s important to start with the driest wine and progress to thi sweetest. If you start with sweet the dry wines taste awful!

    18. JuliaWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 12:48pm PST

      Swirl the wine in your glass, inhale the aroma then take a sip and enjoy!

    19. ErinWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 1:08pm PST

      When you’re tasting wines, the rim of your glass should bend inwards to help funnel aromas to the nose, and allow you to swirl without spilling.

    20. BethWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 1:21pm PST

      After taking a sip, keep it in your mouth and sniff!

    21. BenjiWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 1:50pm PST

      Tasting wine directly from the bottle does not allow for all of one’s senses to be fully engaged. Use a glass…preferably a wine glass.

    22. SanazWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 2:01pm PST

      Gargle the wine in your mouth to taste all the flavours

    23. WinnieWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 2:10pm PST

      swirl the wine around in your glass before taking a sip… then swirl it around your mouth!

    24. jeanWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 2:19pm PST

      don’t be a wine snob!

    25. VanessaWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 2:23pm PST

      Hold the wine glass up to the light and check for specks

    26. PhyWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 2:45pm PST

      Sometimes it’s better to make use of the spit bucket.

    27. Jenn HWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 2:52pm PST

      after swirling the wine around – tilt the glass sideways and smell from the top of the glass – this allows you to sniff in more of the flavouring and less of the alcohol! (if you just want the alcohol scent – smell from the lower portion of the glass)

    28. AnneWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 3:20pm PST

      Swirl the wine, take a sip. Speak like Mr & Mrs Howell and say with authority “this wine has a good leg of viscosity”

    29. A.J.Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 3:47pm PST

      Swirling the wine around in your glass and holding it up to the light to view the legs (streaks that run down the glass) of the wine. The more pronounced the legs of the wine are, the more full bodied the wine is thought to be 🙂

    30. sumiWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 4:06pm PST

      When you sip then wine suck it in like a reverse whistle (lasy at a winery told me this-difficult to master! )

    31. sumiWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 4:09pm PST

      Wow phone typos:
      When you sip the wine suck it in like a reverse whistle (lady at a winery told me this-difficult to master!)

    32. TaigiWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 4:17pm PST

      Wines are a living object. Allow it to breathe, this will provide a richer flavour. Don’t forget to plan for a way home, besides driving. Especially if you don’t spit out the wine.

    33. MelissaWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 4:19pm PST

      open the bottle…

    34. JAWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 4:31pm PST

      Close your eyes while you are wine tasting, this can help you block out distractions and concentrate on your wine’s taste, helping to pick up any of the more elusive flavors.

    35. JenWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 4:32pm PST

      Ask the wine maker questions, whether you are at a winery or a wine fair! They can tell you lots about what you are tasting 🙂

    36. IanWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 5:05pm PST

      Nothing better than sampling the finest wine!! Not so much bidding for me though! hahahah

    37. StevenWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 5:05pm PST

      FREE wine is always good wine! Thats my philosophy hahaha

    38. Domenic de los santosWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 5:18pm PST

      As my Italian uncle says, swirl your glass to make sure it’s got good legs. Like women, wine should have just as great legs 🙂

    39. MarkWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 5:46pm PST

      Mmmmm…wine sounds great!! Thank you!

    40. DeeWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 5:47pm PST

      Pace yourself. Ha.

    41. JamesWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 6:38pm PST

      Wear lots of perfume.

    42. LindaWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 8:16pm PST

      Sip & enjoy!

    43. JulieWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 8:46pm PST

      Just came back from South Africa where I had the good fortune to participate in a wine tasting. We learned about swirling and make sure you don’t swallow the wine right away.

    44. DonWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 8:48pm PST

      Taste in moderation, and keep the sweet wines to the end.

    45. LeaneWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 10:39pm PST

      only sip… and clean out the glass each time

    46. Dianne ChowWednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 11:10pm PST

      Buy a decanter that allows your wine to aerate. Chill your white wines. Always swirl wine in your glass to aerate. When at wine tastings, make sure you use water to get rid of any remains of the last wine.

    47. CathyThursday, March 3rd, 2011 — 2:18am PST

      I’ve drank a few wines as soon the bottle’s open. I’ve also had wine that when you allow it to breathe it tastes a bazillion times better!

    48. belindaThursday, March 3rd, 2011 — 10:22am PST

      Sounds like a great experience to add more wine knowledge.

    49. Rachael QThursday, March 3rd, 2011 — 12:49pm PST

      Have some fresh coffee beans nearby. Smell the coffee beans before smelling the different wine. (same as testing perfumes).

    50. nocalThursday, March 3rd, 2011 — 1:18pm PST

      Good one

    51. TeresaThursday, March 3rd, 2011 — 2:10pm PST

      Pair wines with food.

    52. GeraldThursday, March 3rd, 2011 — 5:21pm PST

      Aerate your wine by swirling your glass several times and sniffing the wine between swirls. Once the wine is in your mouth, close your eyes and truly taste it before swallowing or spitting. Concentrate on the after taste. Assess.

    53. GinaThursday, March 3rd, 2011 — 5:29pm PST

      Envision yourself as Paul Giamatti’s character in the movie Sideways.

    54. MelanieThursday, March 3rd, 2011 — 6:43pm PST

      If you have a negative opinion of a wine, be discreet and diplomatic about it – don’t interfere with someone else’s tasting experience.

    55. BrendaThursday, March 3rd, 2011 — 9:49pm PST

      The expensive wines aren’t always the one your palate will like best. Yum, wine.

    56. LucieThursday, March 3rd, 2011 — 11:19pm PST

      Don’t worry so much about what you’re ‘supposed’ to like, just go with what pleases your palate.

    57. EricaFriday, March 4th, 2011 — 12:18am PST

      Don’t taste too many wines.

    58. SamirFriday, March 4th, 2011 — 11:58am PST

      Use all your senses: sight, smell, taste

    59. JodiFriday, March 4th, 2011 — 12:48pm PST

      While we may have natural favourites, wine tasting is a great chance to strike out and try new things – enjoy the adventure!

    60. SandraFriday, March 4th, 2011 — 3:19pm PST

      I need to learn about wines, so that’s why I need to go!

    61. Michelle WilliamsonFriday, March 4th, 2011 — 4:53pm PST

      Taste it with and without food so you can explore more complex flavours

    62. CaroleSaturday, March 5th, 2011 — 12:11am PST

      I love red! Shiraz is my favourite.

    63. SharonSaturday, March 5th, 2011 — 10:25am PST

      Sounds great, would love to attend!

    64. Andrew C.Saturday, March 5th, 2011 — 4:11pm PST

      Spit it out

    65. alana parkSunday, March 6th, 2011 — 11:48am PST

      Wine tip….
      when your glass is empty fill it up….

    66. JoanSunday, March 6th, 2011 — 3:28pm PST

      After a chilly day in the garden I’m ready to pretend that I’m in California!

    67. LarisaSunday, March 6th, 2011 — 5:46pm PST

      not so much a drinking ‘tip’… but did you know that if you spill red wine on yourself, splash on a little white wine, and it will come out more easily in the wash! 🙂

    68. Danielle ScottSunday, March 6th, 2011 — 11:42pm PST

      Observe the wine, smell the wine, and taste the wine!

    69. LeonoraMonday, March 7th, 2011 — 9:35am PST

      Wine tasting tip #1: Drink with friends.
      Bonus tip: The primary axiom that I learnt from studying Wine Science is that it is not the cost or “fineness” of a wine that matters – bottom line is, all else aside, its’ quaffability, and whether you love it.

    70. NatleeMonday, March 7th, 2011 — 10:26am PST

      WIne with good company go hand in hand!!!

    71. mattMonday, March 7th, 2011 — 12:29pm PST

      Pace yourself, unless you intend to get drunk

    72. SophiaMonday, March 7th, 2011 — 1:31pm PST

      make use of the spit bucket if necessary…

    73. LawrenceMonday, March 7th, 2011 — 1:53pm PST

      let the wine breathe before drinking

    74. valMonday, March 7th, 2011 — 4:35pm PST

      Wine tasting tip: no chewing gum! (seriously!)

    75. RebeccaTuesday, March 8th, 2011 — 2:27am PST

      Keep an open mind – i.e. even if you don’t like reds, try them, maybe you just haven’t found the right one.

    76. CarolTuesday, March 8th, 2011 — 9:11am PST

      Let the wine breathe before sampling.

    77. JimTuesday, March 8th, 2011 — 9:11am PST

      Be very open to trying different wines.

    78. BrendaTuesday, March 8th, 2011 — 10:37am PST

      Swirl the wine in the glass beforehand and take some time to smell its different notes.

    79. coreyTuesday, March 8th, 2011 — 11:14am PST

      I like to put a skewer of frozen blueberries in my whites….might ruin it for true wineo’s but I love it…(and it looks pretty)

    80. SunheeTuesday, March 8th, 2011 — 11:54am PST

      Never swallow!

    81. KimberlyTuesday, March 8th, 2011 — 12:09pm PST

      Examine with your eyes, nose, and tastebuds!

    82. anne marieTuesday, March 8th, 2011 — 12:18pm PST

      Breathe, swirl, curl, sip..

    83. KateTuesday, March 8th, 2011 — 2:55pm PST

      Enjoy it…! And don’t be afriad not to spit!

    84. Terry GibsonTuesday, March 8th, 2011 — 5:15pm PST

      I’ve always wanted to swirl, spit and schmooze — and all with diva-tude.

    85. LoriTuesday, March 8th, 2011 — 6:12pm PST

      I think my friend and I would just love an outing like this!

    86. Don ForanTuesday, March 8th, 2011 — 9:14pm PST

      Eat something before you swirl, sniff, swish & (sometimes) spit.

    87. Corinne KesselTuesday, March 8th, 2011 — 9:17pm PST

      Enjoy with friends! Chat to the people around you and make wine tasting a memorable experience. Be enthused and the wine will just taste better. Also sip twice -once to cleanse your palette and the second time to savour the taste. And then smile and laugh with your FRIENDS. spread the joy!

    88. ScottTuesday, March 8th, 2011 — 9:43pm PST

      Enjoy the bouquet.

    89. ChloeTuesday, March 8th, 2011 — 10:09pm PST

      Put your hand over the top of your wine glass and swish it around in the glass for instant aeration.

    90. jenn wWednesday, March 9th, 2011 — 9:58am PST

      Cleanse your palate with a bit of bread or cracker between each wine!

    91. KristinaWednesday, March 9th, 2011 — 12:00pm PST

      Swirl the wine in the glass and take a nice whiff…enjoy!

    92. SusanWednesday, March 9th, 2011 — 1:09pm PST

      Swirl the wine in the glass to aerate and sniff 🙂

    93. Amy W.Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 — 3:57pm PST

      Remember to swirl!

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